ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “All new” is probably the most overused – and disingenuous – phrase in all of autodom.
Slap on a new grille, add a new exterior color and alter the upholstery pattern and there you have it, the “all new” Dynamo LX for 2013.
Well, for once here’s a car that lives up to the claim. Nissan’s Sentra compact sedan truly is all new for 2013. And not only that: It also embraces another old automotive advertising cliché – it’s truly “longer, lower and wider.”
The Sentra first grabs your eye with its sleek, sophisticated exterior design. Echoing the look of its big brother Altima, only in a reduced size, Sentra cuts an upscale figure in the compact class. Its premium appearance is enhanced through details such as chrome door handles and trim, LED taillights, and class-unique LED headlight accents like those found on Audis, Lexus and other high-end vehicles.
The Sentra’s cabin extends the class-above approach with extensive use of high-grade, soft-touch materials on dashboard and door armrests; finely grained plastics carefully assembled; and easy-to-read electroluminescent gauges.
Our SL model upped the luxury quotient with the Leather Package that adds handsome, perforated seating, heated for driver and front passenger. This package also replaces the standard rear drum brakes with discs.
Sentra’s added width and length result in a welcome increase in passenger space and legroom, especially noticeable for rear-seat riders.